There’s only one way to stop an earworm like the viral music video “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” — join the fun.
The video by Norwegian brothers Vegard and Baard Ylvisaaker, who call themselves Ylvis, has racked up more than 145 million hits since early September.
Now fox costumes are reportedly jumping off shelves for Halloween.
So slap some furry ears on your head and make your own little “Fox” music video. We’ll share them on
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In the meantime, we got to thinking: So what
the fox say?
Experts agree that it isnot
the lyric: “Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!”
“A red fox during certain times of year will actually sound like a screaming woman,” says Deb Burns, wildlife regional supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation in Lee’s Summit.
That’s mostly the breeding season, when females use that other-worldly cry. Also, when they’re scared by a larger predator.
Red and gray foxes are native to Missouri, but it’s the red-haired creature we see more often trotting around our neighborhoods. The gray prefers the seclusion of the woods.
“You can probably even Google it if you want to listen to it because there are a lot of sites that have animal sounds,” says Burns.
“And of course they’re going to bark because they’re a canine.
“So that answers that,” says Burns, who has seen the music video. “That’s what the fox says.”